Wat Phathat Doi Suthep

Wat Phathat Doi Suthep

You may have heard the sentence from someone who’d visited Chiang Mai  said “ If you have a chance to visit Chiang mai ,but you ‘ve never had  a chance to visit Doi Suthep Temple. You’re not in Chiang Mai. “  It’s a bit funny ,but it’s always true.

This  temple is the most beautiful temple in Chiang Mai, located on the Doi SuthepPui National  Park, 3,500 metres above sea level.  In the reign of King  Kue Na, the 6th King of  Mengrai  Dynasty ( 1367 – 1388 AD.), he’d invited the famous monk “ Sumana Tara” from  Sukhothai  Kingdom to visit  Chiang  Mai. He came with the holy relic of the Lord Buddha  and gave it to the king. The king  decided  to keep the holy relic in the pagoda in  his  royal  garden , but he found the relic ‘d broken into  2 pieces and  he decided to keep just one  of  them  in the pagoda.  One of the holy  relic  that left , he put in the container and  placed  it on his royal elephant  back and set  it  free.

The king sent some of his men followed  the elephant  to  see  where  it went. It roamed  around  the old city and headed North of Chiang Mai and turned west up to  the mountain . At the top of  the mountain, there’s the hermit named “Wasuthep Ruesi” who meditated  there. When the  elephant’d arrived on the top, it walked  around  3  times, knees down and trumpeted. That made the sign that’s the holy ground. The king ‘d  decided  to built the temple  to  contain the holy relic snce then. According  to the hermit who used  to meditate  in the  peaceful  area ‘d disappeared  from the mountain. The King and the people in Chiang Mai  wanted to remember  to this  hermit , so that we ‘d named  the temple  after him .

Date: 2012-09-24 21:00:23

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